The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound,”
but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. John 3:8
After several days of searing heat, I welcomed the morning’s cool breeze, opening all the windows to catch its refreshment while I sat to read.
Imagine my surprise when I later walked into my study—with its open window—to find loose papers scattered on the floor. In the dining room a slender vase was tipped with water spilling on the table. While I had been relaxing, the morning breeze played its wild and unexpected tune.
Speaking of the Holy Spirit’s often mysterious work, Jesus told a puzzled, inquisitive religious leader that “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” Jesus is specifically comparing wind to the work of the Spirit of God in the new birth process, but we can also learn about the Spirit’s work in the world and in our lives.
The work of the Spirit is delightful, fruitful, often perplexing, even somewhat mysterious. As we submit to his leading, we may often be surprised at the consequences. “I never thought I’d end up here.” “Who would believe God could use me to do this?” “I’ve never understood this verse before.”
Be alert to the Spirit’s surprising breeze. You might have to mop up spilled water or re-stack scattered papers—or re-arrange your priorities—but you might also be refreshed for a new, unexpected, life changing work of the Spirit as he leads you deeper into Kingdom work.
By Marilyn Ehle
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